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A mixed night for returning Rovers
IT was night of contrasting fortunes for two first-team players on the comeback trail as Blackburn Rovers drew their Under-21s Premier League clash with Stoke City 1-1 at Leigh Sports Village on Monday.
Lee Williamson – fresh from his brief but eventful cameo in the East Lancashire derby – impressed in the 86 minutes he was on the field as the midfielder bids to up his match fitness.
But Adam Henley’s evening ended early after he collided with a Stoke defender and goalkeeper just before half-time.
Wales U21s right-back Henley was sent to hospital as a precaution and was laterdiagnosed as having concussion.
Rovers took the lead in the 54th game after Raheem Hanley coolly converted a penalty he had won to register his first goal of the season.
Eric Kinder’s side went in search of a second but they were pegged back when James Alabi headed in a close-range equaliser midway through the second half.
Rovers coach Kinder said: “I thought we were terrific.
“On chances created I thought we could have pinched it, we had two good chances when the two young lads were clean through, but credit to their keeper he has made some decent saves.”
Rovers are next in action away to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Monday (7pm).
n Blackburn Rovers showed fighting spirit to draw 3-3 at West Ham United in their latest Under-18s Premier League outing.
The Hammers raced into a commanding early lead before Brice Wassi opened his account for the campaign with a stunning first-time shot to halve the deficit.
The hosts restored their two-goal advantage before the first half was out.
But the second half belonged to Rovers, Liam Langford reacting fastest to a rebound to notch his first goal for the club before Jordan Preston equalised from the penalty spot to take his tally for the term up to five in three games.
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